The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and BorgWarner Inc. announce a partnership for the development of technologies to speed the adoption of diesel engines for light-duty vehicles in the U.S.

Through the new partnership, BorgWarner will bring expertise in turbocharging, air management, glowplugs and exhaust-gas recirculation systems to the EPA's Clean Diesel Combustion (CDC) and High Efficiency Gasoline Combustion programs.

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson says the agency's ongoing CDC development program is backing the recently stated goal of the Bush Admin. to cut crude oil imports by 75% by 2025.

He adds that the EPA is working with partners to advance diesel technology for both commercial and passenger vehicles to simultaneously reduce oil consumption without sacrificing clean air.

Where once the EPA's policies could be viewed as at odds with those wishing to expand the use of diesels, new technology has given the diesel a chance to flourish.

Johnson says the partnership with BorgWarner is “advancing technologies that are good for the environment and energy security, adding that the diesel engine is poised to expand from being a commercial workhorse to “an environmental workhorse.”